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This Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo, shows the principal spillway inlet under a gazebo, that redirects excess water out of the Muskingum University's lake in New Concord, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Picturesque, and at times, worrisome.

The Muskingum University dam holds back what locals call "College Lake" on the campus of the private liberal arts college. Perched directly over the inlet to the lake's spillway is a wooden gazebo — a locally legendary fixture where many young couples have had their first date or kiss.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 63 Ohio counties due to heavy rains that damaged roadways in June.

It technically began last fall when Hurricane Florence swelled the Ohio River, but really it was all the unnamed storms that came after it — one after another after another, bringing rain on rain on rain across the central U.S. until the Mississippi River hit flood stage this winter.

Much of the Mississippi, and the massive tributaries that feed it, stayed flooded until June. That meant more than 140 days of cascading disasters for hundreds of small towns from Minnesota to Louisiana and catastrophic damage to ranch and farm communities that dot the Mississippi's swollen branches.

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Nearly three quarters of Ohio’s counties have received a “state of emergency” declaration because of severe weather last month.

Baby cows outside the Kocher farm.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will give loans to organizations impacted by excessive rain and flooding in Ohio.

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The village of West Lafayette in Coshocton County is in a state of emergency because of flash flooding.

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An already water-logged Central Ohio is about to get even wetter. The National Weather Service predicts more heavy rainfall will hit the region on Monday and Tuesday, following a rainy weekend that brought flooding to parts of the area.

Recently-sprouted soybeans on a farm in Central Ohio.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The wettest weather in Ohio's recorded history has stalled planting throughout the state, and forecasts for the rest of June aren’t looking any sunnier.

A Rising Lake Erie Causes Floods Along Ohio Shoreline

May 14, 2019
Elizabeth Miller / Ideastream

Floodwaters spilling over western Lake Erie's shoreline have swamped streets, shut down ferries and left behind dangerous debris during the past month. Now residents are bracing for more problems.

Ohio continues to do better in preparing for public health emergencies like flu outbreaks or flooding, according to a study released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

If they had known, they never would have bought the house on Bayou Glen Road. Sure, it was a beautiful lot, tucked in a bend of the creek, backyard woodsy and wild, the neighbors friendly and the street quiet. A little piece of nature just 20 minutes from downtown Houston. It was exactly what John and Heather Papadopoulos — recently married, hoping to start a family — were looking for in 2007. They didn't think much about the creek that ran along their yard, aside from appreciating the birds it attracted to the neighborhood.

Snow on highway
Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Marion County Emergency workers say floodwaters are beginning to recede, but with temperatures dropping, the department's shifting its focus to icy roads. 

Hamilton County may have enough flood damage to qualify for federal and state disaster aid. Emergency Management Director Nick Crossley says one building was destroyed, 59 had major damage, and more than 350 had minor damage.

The Ohio River is slowly falling back to pre-flood levels. As communities start to clean up, there are some calling for a fresh look at how human activity affects flooding.

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Thousands of Ohioans are spending today cleaning up flood damage.

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